Sensory System


What structure of the eye produces tears?

The lachrymal gland, which is part of the larger lachrymal apparatus, produces tears that flow over the anterior surface of the eye. Most of this fluid evaporates, but excess amounts are collected in small ducts in the corner of the eye. Tears lubricate and cleanse the eye. In addition, tears contain lysozyme, an enzyme that is capable of destroying certain kinds of bacteria and helps fight eye infections.


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